Your Way to Better Health
Spending time at home is one of the most enjoyable parts of home-ownership. Unfortunately, many household hazards can impact your family’s health. The good news is that there are upgrades that can not only increase your home’s value but also boost your overall wellness.
Remodeling Projects You Can Easily DIY
While some upgrade projects turn out best when executed by professionals, don’t discount DIY remodeling projects, either. Of course, from a ladder to quality paintbrushes to a decent set of screwdrivers, you will need a few robust tools to handle everything on your DIY list. Ladders, especially, need to be lightweight, adjustable, and easy to maneuver, which makes a telescoping ladder an ideal addition to your collection. Once you have the right equipment, making improvements like putting on a new coat of paint that’s free of VOCs and other toxins can boost your interior air quality at home. Swapping out light fixtures is another simple fix that can have you feeling brighter in no time. For more intensive projects, however, we recommend hiring a professional.
Replacing Carpet with Hardwood or Laminate
Carpet has become less popular as a whole-house flooring material in recent years. And that may be because carpet fibers can harbor many allergens and dust. The manufacturing process also means harsh chemical emissions when you install new carpeting. For many households, ripping out the carpet and replacing it with hardwood or laminate is a smart solution. However, going the DIY route means exposing you and your family to lots of dust, pollen, toxic odors, and other unhealthy elements. Instead, hire a professional to remove the carpet and install your new flooring. Look up tradespeople who offer carpet removal and flooring installation services in a complete package to save on the upgrade.
Installing a Whole-House Air Purifier
If your home’s HVAC system runs year-round, you may only be adding to the allergens and debris in the air. One solution is to install a whole-house air purifier with HEPA filtration. The EPA calls this “source control,” noting that reducing or eliminating sources of toxins is often more effective at improving indoor air quality than other methods. Homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 for a filtration unit, which you’ll need to have installed. Obtaining quotes from multiple professionals can help you get an idea of what’s average for your area. Be sure to ask about filtration levels, as HEPA is preferable, and ask to see the company’s licensing documents, too.
Stopping Drafts (and Removing Lead) with New Windows
Homeowners looking to make their homes more energy efficient may already be contemplating window replacement. But older homes — such as those built before 1978 — are more likely to have lead, which is another reason to replace windows. Plus, removing the draftiness and condensation (which contributes to the potential for mold growth) from your home is one way to improve your overall health.
Replacement windows can cost anywhere from $800 to $8,000 to install. Finding a reliable and experienced professional to handle your window installation is essential. And if your home is older or was built in a specific style, you’ll need an expert hand to maintain its value and appearance. Ask about the installer’s range of experience, as well as how they handle removing windows containing asbestos paint.
Ensuring your family’s wellness can be a challenge. But by making improvements to your home, you may experience fewer allergies, less dust, and even a brighter outlook. And with the help of trustworthy professionals, you don’t have to stress about the process or the result.
Curtis Fisher | tradesbright.org
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